City of Chattanooga Settles Lawsuit Regarding Traffic Stop Beating

The city of Chattanooga has settled a lawsuit regarding the beating of a man by police during a traffic stop, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Fredrico Wolfe maintains that Chattanooga police officer Benjamin Piazza assaulted him despite his compliance, which body camera evidence appears to support. Footage shows the officer approaching Wolfe’s car, gun drawn, while ordering him out of the vehicle. Wolfe then exited the car appearing to obey but fell as he was being handcuffed. The officer is then seen on the video punching Wolfe 10 times. A spokesman for Hamilton County District Attorney Neil Pinkston said that the office has not yet decided whether it will file criminal charges against Piazza.

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